Academic Programs

VP of Academics:
Stacie Davis

Children’s Author Festival

Committee Chair: Jen Ganz This event has been on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are currently working with District 58 and Mrs. Hesterman to plan for 2022-23. Stay tuned for more updates!

Cougars Reading Club

Monday, February 6 – Sunday, April 2 Committee Chair: Kasia Kranz Cougars Reading Club is an eight-week program that tracks the progress of a student’s reading around the bases of a baseball diamond with the three bases and home plate each representing four total segments of two weeks of reading. The readers who “hit home …

District 58 Programs

Committee Chair: Katie Suva

Field Trips and In-Class Experiences

Committee Chairs: Jamie Wales (Grades K-2) and Girlie O’Donoghue (Grades 3-6) The PTA budgets $25 per student per year for field trips and in-class experiences and this committee helps teachers identify opportunities and plan the experiences. The K-2 students attended a play at the Tivoli in February 2023 thanks to this fund. These field trips …

Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship

The 2023 application window is open now through Friday, March 3. See below for details – click here to apply now! Congrats to our 2022 Hillcrest Elementary PTA Scholarship Recipient: Ashley Elizabeth Reynolds Ashley is a senior at Downers Grove South High School and President of the National Honor Society. Ashley will be attending Miami …

Hillcrest Library Volunteers

Library Volunteers Library Volunteer Coordinator: Maggie Spanovic Come help in the Hillcrest library! We support our Teacher Librarian, Leslie Hesterman, by checking in, checking out and shelving library books.  It is a fun way to see what wonderful resources our students use during the school year.  Stay tuned for updates on how to volunteer!  

Landscaping and Grounds

Committee Chairs: Katelyn Whoriskey and Anne Kulick The PTA helped bring some color to the Hillcrest grounds in 2020 with the introduction of the Hillcrest Kindness Rock Garden which was later dedicated in memory of Hillcrest student Allison Manning. We need your help keeping it looking fresh & vibrant! At any time throughout the school …

Partners In Art

Committee Chairs: Maria Brummel, Katelyn Whoriskey and Rebecca Hardman


Reflections Program Contacts: Beth Nelson, Susie Howe & Stacie Davis Note: This initiative is in need of new committee chairs, if you are interested in taking over management of this national PTA program, please reach out to Stacie Davis! This Year’s Theme is Show Your Voice! The annual Reflections theme is created by a student and …

School Supply Kits

Order Now: 2022-23 School Supply Kits! Order Deadline: Sunday, June 12, 2022 Click here to place an order Committee Chair: Alicia Chin Save time and money by ordering school supply kits through the Hillcrest PTA for the 2022-23 school year.  Items are purchased at a bulk discount and the savings are passed on directly to …